Fat Grafting Dallas
Recovery Time: 7-10 days
The terms facial fat transfer, autologous fat transfer, and fat grafting refer to the process of obtaining fat from an unwanted area of your body, such as the abdomen or love-handles, purifying that fat and injecting it into another areas of volume loss in your face.
The harvest procedure is technique sensitive and meticulous surgical finesses is required to ensure that live fat cells are obtained for maximal take. Dr. Saman does not use a liposuction machine for fat harvest as the suction trauma can devitalize the fat cells. Instead, he uses specialized micro cannulas to manually and slowly suction the fat. The harvested fat is then centrifuged and the purified residual is then prepared for injection.
Facial fat injections are commonly made to the nasolabial folds, cheeks, jawline, under the eyes, and temples to provide the appropriate volume needed to restore a youthful and rested look.
Volume augmentation with fat grafting can be used to fill deep facial wrinkles, combat dark circles under eyes, correct sunken cheeks, and refresh a “tired” look. One of the cardinal signs of facial aging is the gradual thinning of the deep skin and fat layers and loss of our youthful facial structure. As the skin thins and sags, the underlying facial skeleton becomes outlined. Restoration of volume, much like rehydrating a raisin to restore a grape, will restore the contours of a youthful face.
Unlike fillers such as Juvéderm, Restylane Perlane, Belotero, Voluma, and others, volume restoration is not the only benefit of facial fat grafting. Fat grafting has three important additional advantages:
- Fat grafting is virtually permanent: No more going back every 3-9 months for fillers. Fat grafting is the placement of actual living fat cells from one part of your body into your face. Usually there is about 20-50% resorption (loss of fat due to the body not establishing new blood supply to the cells after injection*). The other 50-80% is there to stay. This means that although some patients may require more than one fat grafting procedure, majority are very pleased with their permanent results after the initial resorption has occurred.*The resorption rate can be decreased significantly when PRFM is use concurrently. By harvesting the healing power of our natural platelets, more reliable fat transfer results can be expected.
- No foreign or synthetic materials: Synthetic fillers are quite safe but nothing can be safer than your own tissue. So if you are concerned about allergic reactions to fillers, or just do not feel right having synthetic materials injected into your face, fat grafting is an excellent option.
- Adipose Stem Cells: Growth factors and stem cells already in adipocytes (fat cells) naturally enhance skin glow by improving skin texture thus rejuvenating the face.
Fat grafting is an outpatient procedure with very short recovery time. Most patients experience minimal soreness and swelling for a few days at the donor location. Many patients combine fat grafting with other procedures such as face lift or blepharoplasty to be performed at the same time.
At the time of your consultation with Dr. Saman, your complete facial analysis will be performed, and all risks and benefits of procedure will be discussed. In addition you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and questions with Dr. Saman at length. Photos and computer-simulation will be done at the time of preoperative appointment.
Depending on the amount of fat transfer needed and patient’s health condition and preferences, the fat grafting procedure can be performed either in our Plano office with local anesthesia and sedation or in the ambulatory surgery centers in Plano.